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, the gentlelady from texas, ms. sheila jackson lee, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the distinguished chairman and i thank the distinguished ranking member for coming together around the legislation of my friend, mr. wu from oregon. and, mr. speaker, i want to recapture the moment why we're here on this floor today. we will have an expanded opportunity tomorrow, saturday, for there to be a vigorous debate on this health care reform which by the way, mr. speaker, the american medical association has indicated their recognition of the importance of this legislation. but i think it's important for us to recapture the horrific scenes those of us who are parents, those of us who are engaged with children during the tragedy of the earthquake in china on may 12, 2008. we looked in horror as rescue workers worked feverishly to draw out children, limp bodies covered with dirt and dust, crying parents, some losing more than one child, children being where they were supposed to be, in school, just as any other who during our lifetim
sheila jackson lee for her continued leadership on this issue and her dedication to the needs of our veterans. finally, the legislation honors our fallen heroes for providing a parent of the deceased veteran to be buried in a v.a. national cemetery when the deceased veteran does not have an immediate spouse or child. i want to thank representative barney frank of massachusetts for introducing this incredibly important piece of legislation. mr. speaker, this bipartisan legislation will provide needed changes for our veterans and their families while addressing the unique needs of veterans and service members as they serve the country. i would like to thank representative steve buyer of indiana, members of the committee and my colleagues for working on a bipartisan -- in a bipartisan manner on h.r. 3949. again, thanking the colleagues who got this final bill here and helping our veterans. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. stearns: mr. speaker, i yield myself
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